Your tongue and its color, can tell tales about your health.
While some changes to a person’s tongue may be harmless, others could be a sign of a health problem.
- White Patches on Tongue
If you or your child notice creamy white spots on your tongue, it could be caused by a fungal infection known as thrush, a common side effect of certain medications or illnesses.
Whenever you notice white patches, it’s always wise to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Tooth Fairy. That way, they can assess the problem and identify the cause.
- Black Tongue
A black tongue can often cause a terrifying experience. However, if you or your child have recently taken an antacid with bismuth, like Pepto-Bismol, it can be a harmless reaction between your saliva and the bismuth .
- Bright Red Tongue
More often seen in children, a tongue that turns bright, strawberry-red could be a sign of Kawasaki disease, a rare illness that causes blood vessel inflammation. A red tongue can also be a symptom of scarlet fever.
- Smooth Patches on Tongue
Aside from a vitamin deficiency, a smooth tongue could also be related to an infection or celiac disease even though some medications are known to cause it. If you or your child have smooth spots on your tongue, it’s wise to be evaluated by your dentist at Tooth Fairy.